Willian reveals why it never worked out for him at Arsenal

Willian has revealed he lacked the motivation to play at Arsenal and that is one reason he struggled for the Gunners.

The Brazilian joined Mikel Arteta’s side in 2020, as the Spaniard wanted to add more experience to his team.

He had spent most of his career across town at Chelsea, and he was an accomplished Premier League player.

However, his spell at Arsenal was disastrous, and he elected to leave the club by mutual consent after one season.

The fans had turned on him, but he could have continued to stay at the Emirates and collect his huge wages.

He moved back to Brazil with Corinthians, but he is back in the Premier League now, where he plays for Fulham.

The attacker spoke to The Athletic about his spell at the Emirates. He said:

“Money is not the most important thing in the world. I have to feel good, to feel motivated to go to training. I wasn’t having that there so I decided to leave.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Willian was a good player at Chelsea, and he was an exciting signing for most of us.

However, he quickly proved to be a bad buy and did the honourable thing to leave.

He might feel he could have stayed, but he did himself a favour because he may have struggled with the atmosphere from fans who wanted him gone.

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6 Comments

  1. Willian at least had the decency that certain other COASTING players lacked , to mutually agree to tear up his contract.

    For that, though for nothing velse – as he did nothing else at all- I am grateful.

    A bad free transfer though, but atleast he did not linger long.

  2. “he quickly proved to be a bad buy”. What an awful comment!!!
    He couldn’t fit in MA game plan (or didn’t understand how it works) but was a decent person who avoided to cash on a huge contract while not being a happy as a player. Great difference from Ozil and Auba. Hats off for him. Hope he does well in Fulham.

    1. Can Fan, “what an awful comment”? Nonsense! It was very true. He admitted in the article he was unmotivated. What an embarrassing self admission!

      Yes, he at least did not linger and screw us for every penny as OZIL DID!

      REALISTS ARE GRATEFUL FOR THAT. But to excuse his laziness and ignore how he took all his wages while giving far too little back in workrate, is a disgrace. And not praiseworthy at all “Mr Naive”!

      1. unmotivated? The reason for this was he actually wanted a longer extension at Chelsea but did not get it so he opted to go to Arsenal instead on a free transfer.
        Still, there is no reason for him to play so poorly at Arsenal

  3. I agree with jon fox; at least Willian was honest and didn’t stay the full contract time for the money at Arsenal.

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